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GMOs: The Future Of Food

For several months now, I’ve wanted to put together a post talking about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and particularly in the context of food. I’ve had several debates with my friends – I tend toward the pro-GMO camp and several… Continue Reading →

Cyborg Possibilities – The Arms and Legs (Part Three)

This article doesn’t need any of the special categories or explanations – the two classifications are pretty self explanatory. Let’s jump right in. Arms: The most recent advancements in bionic arms seem to be included in the BeBionic prosthetic arms…. Continue Reading →

Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2)

Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll lump the torso and back together. The skin, however, deserves its own category. The Torso: I am construing the torso… Continue Reading →

Cyborg Possibilities – The Head (Part One)

It has been a while since I last talked about prosthetic devices. For reference, see here, here, and here. This is part one in a several part series, but I intend to put out the whole series over the next… Continue Reading →

Rise of the Military Robot

If you’re anything like me, you grew up on Transformers, or maybe Gundam Wing; big battling robots that carved swaths of destruction wherever they went. While we’re not quite there yet, the military has been pouring a lot of money… Continue Reading →

Who Should ExtraTerrestrials Speak To? Who Should Talk to Them?

Who should extraterrestrials speak to? Alternately, if Earthlings were space bound and found a pre-spaceflight civilization, who should talk to them? To my knowledge, no specific first-contact plan exists. If the contact were to occur in outer space, then Article… Continue Reading →

Property Law and Outer Space

Before I proceed with this essay. let me emphasize that nothing I say here is to be construed as legal advice. If you’re planning on claiming an asteroid or something, consult a lawyer. The fancy Latin term for unclaimed land… Continue Reading →

Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and their Impact on the Law

Watson showed, in dramatic form, the capabilities of current computers when it (he?) defeated the two best Jeopardy! Players in the world almost two years ago. If Kurzweil’s law of accelerating returns holds, Watson ought to be about twice as… Continue Reading →

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